any plant of the mostly tuberous-rooted S. American genus Gesneria, grown as a greenhouse plant for its large leaves and showy tubular flowers in a range of bright colours: family Gesneriaceae
[ges-neer-ee-ad, jes-] /gɛsˈnɪər iˌæd, dʒɛs-/ noun 1. any of various, chiefly tropical plants of the .
[ges-neer-ee-uh, jes-] /gɛsˈnɪər i ə, dʒɛs-/ noun 1. the plant family Gesneriaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants having a basal rosette of usually toothed leaves, tubular two-lipped flowers, and fruit in the form of a berry or capsule, and including the African violet, gloxinia, and streptocarpus.
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[ges-uh n] /ˈgɛs ən/ noun, Douay Bible. 1. (def 1).